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May 12th, 2010
02:31 PM ET

Fred's Interview with Ted

It's been almost 30 years since the launch of CNN as the first 24-hour all-news cable network.

Next week, Fredricka Whitfield sits down for a one-on-one interview with the man who started it all, Ted Turner.

If you've ever wanted to ask Ted a question, here's your chance.

Leave us your questions, and we will include some of them in the interview that will air next Saturday, May 22.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Fredricka Whitfield
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Brian Fegely

    Good day Fredricka, and good day Mr Turner:
    Having seen some historical films produced by Turner companies, "Gettysburg" being one, I'd wonder if you have ever considered a historical film of the work of William Still (1821-1902) of Philadelphia. He was the son of escaped slaves and bootstrapped himself up to become a magnate in 19th Century coal. lumber, and iron in Philadelphia, and then transferred his sense of Good to become the figurative "director-general" of the Underground Railroad in the Middle Atlantic States. His after-action report, titled "The Underground Railroad" is a first stop for most African-American families looking to research their heritage and is still in print. Some of us think he deserves a statue on Penn's Landing, where he is recorded going with a lantern to signal ships carrying "contraband" after closing his coal office in the evening.
    He was known as the "Angel of Philadelphia" to escapees, and I nominate him for the "Heroes" every year, although he's been dead over a hundred years. Do you think there's a film there?

    May 12, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  2. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Mr. Turner this blog and news station leans towards the democratic side and blogs out comments that dont agree with the reporter do you beleave in un bias news station .

    May 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  3. sandy

    Recently, it appears that the panels who discuss current events have been extremely open about their personal opinions - so much so that I turned off CNN. Question is: do you feel that CNN is moving away from news reporting and toward editorial journalism?

    May 13, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  4. Jim

    Hi Ted, because you lived in Atlanta and still have ties in the city, have you ever thought about developing a tourist attraction here in Atlanta pertaining to (Turner Entertainment, Gone with the Wind, Cartoon Network........)?

    May 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  5. Bobby Reilly

    Ted,
    It is considered by many that media is the fourth branch of the government. How do you feel you have dealt with the responsibility of owning the most powerful and trusted political voice in the country? I suggest to you that you do everything in your power to maintain the unbiased reporting you have done so well for thirty years. With MSNBC on the left, and FOX on the right, we need CNN to keep it honest.

    May 14, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  6. Anna Dent

    Hello, Ted! We miss having you around publicly!! Do in some way, find time to come back to talk to us!

    My question: What do you think about the diminishing role of investigative journalism on the news today and in the future. Because newsrooms, both print and television, are cutting back so much on staff investigation, how do you think that this problem of little investigation behind the news is effecting the quality of what we know. Who is going to provide the material and the facts to write about? Bloggers are not paid, generally . My opinion? We are relying way too much on people with vested interests to provide public information (spin city).

    May 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  7. Andy Morgan

    Question for Mr. Turner:

    I heard you say you strongly support the immediate phasing out of oil and coal, and transitioning into a new, cleaner energy age centered around geothermal, wind and solar power sources. This is great, but one thing you also endorsed is the idea that nuclear energy is also "clean".

    Aside from the obvious historical lessons from past crises like the famous Chernobyl disaster, plus the glaring problem of how to handle nuclear waste disposal, there is something that I think scientists will sooner or later realize about nuclear fission power plants: Geiger Counter instruments can measure certain levels of radiation, but unfortunately not the highest and most dangerous levels. On the subtle, finer plane of matter above gaseous, often referred to as the "etheric" plane of matter, we have the most dangerous amounts of radiation spewing out of our dilapidated power plants. Our outdated instruments do not detect them, and mainstream science is only now becoming aware that there even exists this finer plane of matter.

    Mr. Turner, all who are concerned about the safety of this planet must not ignore this issue. Could you and others please bring this thought up to the nuclear science community? It may sound silly and laughable to those "experts" who claim to know everything already, but without looking into this topic how can we know if these plants are truly safe?

    May 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  8. Carlos Pinilla

    Question for Ted Turner:

    "...Lead, follow or geat out of the way..." is or was one of your favorite quotes, is Ted Turner 2010 leading, following or staying out of the way?

    God bless you sir!

    May 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  9. Daniel Belgrave

    congratulations Ted Turner and Turner Broadcasting!!!!!!!, for next another 40 years and beyond.

    May 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  10. Toni

    Mr. Turner,
    You have done a great deal to save classic movies. Have you ever considered a channel of classic TV shows?

    May 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  11. Darrell Dukes

    Mr. Tuner how did it feel when you sold WCW to the wwe.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
  12. Dick Simon

    Mr. Turner has been recognized for his work in ecology and conservation. Since global-warming is related to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and since trees and other plants could be considered "nature's vacuum cleaners" by removing carbon dioxide for phtosynthesis, has Mr. Turner considered encouraging world leaders and private individuals to plant more trees and halt the ever expanding deserts?

    May 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  13. Kevin Clark

    It's hard to remember now what a breakthrough idea CNN was 30 years ago. You single-handedly created the 24-hour news hole, swamping the old network's 30 minute nightly news. Without a doubt, we are much more informed today, but that big a news hole also gets filled with lots of trivial stuff. What efforts did you make to focus on hard news? What worked well, and what not so well?

    On another topic, I spend almost half of my time overseas. I am always happy when my hotel has CNN. Since the first Iraq War, CNN has helped shape - not just observed - world affairs. What stands out for you about CNN's role internationally over the last three decades?

    May 16, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  14. Howard

    Hey Ted!

    I had an idea years ago inspired by the late Carl Sagan. Put a satellite mounted with a streaming video camera into a high enough orbit to frame the entire Earth. No talking heads, no commercials, no music, just our quiet home staring back at us in REAL TIME! 24 hours a day, every day. Make it a subscriber channel and call it the "Earth Channel" or something. I'd imagine it would have very little overhead, just orbital maintenance.

    That would put it all in perspective don'tcha think?!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:35 am |
  15. Nancy Diane Moon

    Mr. Turner,

    CNN is my favorite news station and site. I go to the web site every day and then watch CNN at home.

    What do you think about Obama's proposed 20% increase in taxes for those making $250K or more a year? What is your opinion on how this will affect our country?

    May 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm |